PSEG contest winners standing next to their teacher Mrs. Huff

Pictured from left to right are Joshua Crespo; Mrs. Amanda Huff, environmental science teacher, William Floyd High School; Randy Birbahadur; and Christopher Garcia-Mendez. (Not pictured: Jairo Hernandez-Guat).

Four William Floyd High School students in Amanda Huff’s environmental science class were recently named first-place winners in PSEG Long Island’s “I Am Em-Powered” PSA (public service announcement) video contest designed to promote environmental awareness.

Junior Joshua Crespo won first place for his 54-second PSA on the importance of recycling; and, a team of junior Randy Birbahadur, and seniors Christopher Garcia-Mendez and Jairo Hernandez-Guat, created a 55-second PSA focusing on the importance of solar and wind farms. Both were selected winners in the high school category and will be featured on the PSEG Long Island YouTube channel in the future. (The videos are linked above and embedded below.)

Thousands of students submitted hundreds of video entries, and were tasked with creating and editing a PSA highlighting the dangers of pollution and the importance of environmental conservation. It was open to students from Suffolk and Nassau counties, as well as students in the Rockaways.

For their efforts, each student received a $75 gift card and Mrs. Huff received $100 gift card for her classroom. Their videos will also be featured on the PSEG Long Island YouTube channel.

PSEG Long Island’s “I Am Em-Powered” program is designed to motivate students to research and identify environmental issues and solutions that Long Island is facing. Students use their PSAs to educate and advocate for specific environmental issues they are passionate about. The “I Am Em-Powered” program began in February with students in grades nine through 12 researching environmental issues and creating PSAs to help inspire change.

Recycling: PSEG PSA Contest Award Winner

Solar & Wind Farms: PSEG PSA Contest Award Winner

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